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Associate/Senior Associate, RDU – Manchester


Gateley LLP
Location: Manchester
Job type: Permanent
Category: Associate Jobs
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Description

The Team

The team has a national presence through the Birmingham, London and Leeds offices and are looking to establish our presence in our Manchester office. The work we carry out comprises of three key elements; Acquisition work, Plot Support work and Plot Sales.

We don't operate a sub-team culture and all solicitors have the opportunity to undertake a wide variety of work for national house builders and developers, both in the private housing sector and city regeneration sectors. The Partners encourage a supportive team environment where supervision is always available and members can seek advice.

We act for all top ten house builders and seventeen of the top twenty house builders, our whole team are incredibly specialist and has an enviable national reputation.

The team undertakes all types of property transactions including but not limited to;

* conditional contracts,

* strategic options,

* promotion agreements,

* partnering agreements with local authorities and HCA,

* consortium agreements and sale contracts,

* complex regeneration partnering agreements,

* we are also currently working on large sustainable urban extensions for land owners and house builder consortia throughout the country.

We also support and encourage the continual development of our team through regular development based seminars given by external providers as well as monthly meetings at which the team discusses technical topics and undertake precedent drafting sessions as a team. We also offer firm wide modular training sessions to all fee earners across the business to assist in their learning and development.

The Role

We are looking for an acquisition solicitor to work alongside other specialist solicitors and work primarily for a client base of household name house builders, Plc builders, developers and promoters.

This role will be reporting in to the Legal Director in the local Manchester team, as well as all Partners in the unit, with overall responsibility for the relevant client. An appropriately experienced solicitor would be expected to run with their own files with the knowledge that peer review is always available from experienced colleagues when needed.

We encourage our solicitors to interact with our clients socially and there are numerous opportunities to attend these events.

Duties & Responsibilities

The main duties and responsibilities of this role will include:

* daily contact with clients

* preparation of contracts documents

* title examination

* the usual due diligence involved in buying a development site including carrying out site visits,

* there will also be the opportunity to attend or lead contract meetings with clients to negotiate contract documents, depending on experience, and

* attending business development and networking opportunities.

For an appropriately experienced solicitor there will be a supervisory role for junior fee earners within the team.

Key Skills & Experience

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following skills and attributes:

* strong technical ability with the proven ability to apply that technical knowledge commercially,

* the ability to negotiate contract documents with anything between moderate to little supervision,

* the ability to examine a title and undertake a full due diligence on a site acquisition from the point of view of a property developer,

* good organisational skills and a strong communicator who can relay what needs to be said with brevity and as little legalese as possible,

* be responsive to client and colleague needs.

Sector experience is not necessarily required but would be desirable, but appropriate development experience is essential.
Description

The Team

The team has a national presence through the Birmingham, London and Leeds offices and are looking to establish our presence in our Manchester office. The work we carry out comprises of three key elements; Acquisition work, Plot Support work and Plot Sales.

We don't operate a sub-team culture and all solicitors have the opportunity to undertake a wide variety of work for national house builders and developers, both in the private housing sector and city regeneration sectors. The Partners encourage a supportive team environment where supervision is always available and members can seek advice.

We act for all top ten house builders and seventeen of the top twenty house builders, our whole team are incredibly specialist and has an enviable national reputation.

The team undertakes all types of property transactions including but not limited to;

* conditional contracts,

* strategic options,

* promotion agreements,

* partnering agreements with local authorities and HCA,

* consortium agreements and sale contracts,

* complex regeneration partnering agreements,

* we are also currently working on large sustainable urban extensions for land owners and house builder consortia throughout the country.

We also support and encourage the continual development of our team through regular development based seminars given by external providers as well as monthly meetings at which the team discusses technical topics and undertake precedent drafting sessions as a team. We also offer firm wide modular training sessions to all fee earners across the business to assist in their learning and development.

The Role

We are looking for an acquisition solicitor to work alongside other specialist solicitors and work primarily for a client base of household name house builders, Plc builders, developers and promoters.

This role will be reporting in to the Legal Director in the local Manchester team, as well as all Partners in the unit, with overall responsibility for the relevant client. An appropriately experienced solicitor would be expected to run with their own files with the knowledge that peer review is always available from experienced colleagues when needed.

We encourage our solicitors to interact with our clients socially and there are numerous opportunities to attend these events.

Duties & Responsibilities

The main duties and responsibilities of this role will include:

* daily contact with clients

* preparation of contracts documents

* title examination

* the usual due diligence involved in buying a development site including carrying out site visits,

* there will also be the opportunity to attend or lead contract meetings with clients to negotiate contract documents, depending on experience, and

* attending business development and networking opportunities.

For an appropriately experienced solicitor there will be a supervisory role for junior fee earners within the team.

Key Skills & Experience

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following skills and attributes:

* strong technical ability with the proven ability to apply that technical knowledge commercially,

* the ability to negotiate contract documents with anything between moderate to little supervision,

* the ability to examine a title and undertake a full due diligence on a site acquisition from the point of view of a property developer,

* good organisational skills and a strong communicator who can relay what needs to be said with brevity and as little legalese as possible,

* be responsive to client and colleague needs.

Sector experience is not necessarily required but would be desirable, but appropriate development experience is essential.
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